May 1, 2008
Egypt-born Arab-American woman fights Islamic culture of hate
Q&A with Nonie Darwish
(Page 2 - Previous Page)ND: It's called 'Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Sharia Law.' I write about the oppression of people in Muslim countries and how radical Islamic laws are destroying the Western world from within. It's about polygamy, family dynamic, the abuse of women, children and men, and how Muslims sacrifice their basic human rights to obey the brutal laws of shariah without questioning it. Under Islamic shariah law, punishments include flogging, stoning, beheading and amputation of limbs. Leaving Islam is punishable by death. It allows only men the right to an easy divorce, permits up to four wives and allows wife beating. A woman is respected only when she hides her body, face and even her identity.
JJ: You are very outspoken about your support for Israel and criticism of the culture of hate in Muslim countries. Are you afraid for your life?
ND: You know, I'm one of the lucky ones. I don't get death threats like my friend Wafa Sultan. Part of the reason for that is that Wafa is giving many interviews to Arab TV, and I don't do it as much. I do get hate mail though.
JJ: Do you get any supportive responses from Muslims?
ND: Yes. I was interviewed recently on an Arab TV [show], and the producer e-mailed me saying that a third of the Arabs who heard me speak agreed with me.
JJ: You've been to Israel several times. What was your impression of the country?
ND: Israel really brings hope to the region. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that allows religious freedom. Even though it is the tiniest country in the region, it is not afraid to allow Muslims to have mosques to pray in; it is not afraid to allow Christians all these freedoms. It is really a credit to Judaism that it doesn't have the possessiveness Islam has.
The Hamas TV channel just featured this video asserting that the Holocaust was a plot cooked up by Israeli leaders to win international sympathy for their cause
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